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Lila Barth’s contemporary portraiture of Love Valley, North Carolina

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Lila Barth is a 24 year old photographer from New York. Much of her work is documentary, with an affinity for deeper, defined narratives. Through her work she explores the intimacy between subject and photographer, and the effect of environment on people and emotions. Since graduating from FIT in 2017, her work has been featured in GUP, Aint-Bad, American Chordata, and several other publications.

About ‘Lucinda’s Valley’:

The series “Lucinda’s Valley” is a study of Love Valley, North Carolina and the people who make up this unusual community. Incorporated in 1963, the town was founded with the mission of creating a christian utopia, a monument to the American Frontier. Today Love Valley has a very different atmosphere. Having fallen on harder times the citizens make livings ranching and working for themselves. The townsfolk are cowboys and cowgirls that are both encapsulating and defying stereotypes of the South. Through spending several days in their company, I used my lens to instill a sense of dignity compiled with reluctance to allow a stranger with different ideals define them. Lucinda was my guide, a hardened middle-aged woman who told me every secret of the valley. These photographs, all taken on medium format and 35mm film, reflect the unfamiliar faces and spaces of a town stuck pining for the past.

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Published on
9 July 2019
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